It’s super quiet today in celebrity news so I’m going to discuss Jennifer Aniston’s rumoured eight- figure deal to be the face of Aveeno skincare.
The 43-year-old actress first brokered the deal last June and it was officially announced by her rep Stephen Huvane – who confirmed it to E! News - yesterday.
As she faces her 44th birthday (next month), the Jen we see today is a changed person to the one she was eight years ago when she was doing several films a year in between practising yoga and howling at the sea after her marriage to Brad Pitt collapsed.
She’s working on just one movie – Miss You Already- this year and, presumably, the Aveeno gig was such a decent wedge of cash for not much work that she couldn’t say no.
Instead of obsessively working and dieting as she did throughout her marriage to Pitt, Aniston now seems determined to make the most of all available downtime with fiancé Justin Theroux and to no longer sweat the small stuff – instead enjoying life and all the trappings of being a wealthy celebrity.
It’s as if she’s the opposite of how her friend Demi Moore has been for the past few years.
And, rather than be scared sh1tless at being an actress who’s in her mid-forties when traditionally film roles dry up, she’s embracing all the good things that are on offer to her.
I applaud this, when I see Madonna working every second of the day squeezing every project she possibly can into an already-packed schedule at the expense of her music and time with her loved ones, I wonder why does she bother punishing herself like that when she could be sitting around in exquisite luxury with a cocktail in one hand and a gorgeous man in the other?
Far too many women waste time making themselves miserable and insecure about things they can’t change (their looks and getting older) and comparing themselves to others (who are usually younger and thinner) and getting caught up in a spiral of jealousy and bitterness when they could just accept themselves as they are, make the most of that and live for the moment.
When I was an insecure, gawky teenager, I used to find comfort in the belief that by the time I hit my forties I would surely be happy in my own skin, confidently striding through life having things pretty much figured out.
But I was shocked when I hit my thirties to find out that in fact a lot of women in their forties and fifties are more insecure than ever – having panic extra-marital affairs, extensive ill-advised cosmetic surgery and going on crash diets as they go into meltdown mode as they mourn their fading youth.
In Hollywood, of course, this is more prevalent than anywhere.
But more than ever these days Jennifer seems to be grabbing life by the balls and enjoying it.
She certainly looks better than she ever has done. and that’s certainly not thanks to the skincare product she’s about to promote. No, that outer glow and quiet confidence contentment comes from a choice you’ve made within.
It’s fascinating that we never know what’s around the corner in our lives and if someone had told Jen nine years ago that losing her A-list movie star husband would end up being the best thing that had ever happened to her she’d never have believed them.
Sometimes, a hefty dose of emotional trauma can be the making of you as not only do you come out the other side much wiser, when you’re going through a happy phase of your life, you’re better able to sit back and enjoy and appreciate it remembering just how sh-t things could be by comparison rather than nitpicking and moaning about the tiniest things.
So whilst signing on the dotted line to be the face of a skincare product and then taking most of the year off to spend time with her fiancé might not be the most ground-breaking career move, it could be the surest sign yet that Aniston’s finally got her priorities straight and has decided that life’s too short to frantically work yourself into an early grave and to do anything but enjoy life.
Good on her.